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About Us

Play Australia is committed to promoting the value of play and increasing play opportunities for children, young people and families.

Play Australia previously known as the Playground and Recreation Association of Victoria (PRAV), is a non-profit, membership based organisation that was established in 1913. Over the years we have influenced and created awareness about the importance of safe and developmentally appropriate play experiences for children.

PLAY AUSTRALIA promotes the value of play and advocates healthy play opportunities for children and the community throughout Australia.

PLAY AUSTRALIA is a not for profit registered charity and membership organisation. We support and work with community and industry sectors involved in the provision of play opportunities and environments. Our members include educators, professionals, landscape architects, designers, manufacturers, recreation planners, suppliers, consultants, and people with a commitment to the development of play from all states and territories within Australia.

PLAY AUSTRALIA provides forums and networks across Australia for exchange and action across disciplines and across sectors in support of the development of quality play for all people.

PLAY AUSTRALIA is the secretariat for International Play Association (IPA) in Australia. The IPA is recognised by the United Nations Economic and Social Council, UNICEF and UNESCO. The IPA’s purpose is to protect, preserve and promote the child’s right to play as a fundamental human right.

Play Australia Members enjoy a number of benefits:

  • Telephone advisory service
  • Specialist consultancy to schools, government and organisations
  • Informative e-news
  • Advice on Australian Standards
  • Information on playground safety
  • Play industry networks and contacts
  • Reduced rates for seminars/workshops
  • Online access to resources


The Victorian Government through Sport and Recreation Victoria provides annual funding to help support our membership services. Funding is also received as part of a 3 year Service Agreement from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to provide specific support to the Early Childhood sector.

To meet our members needs we raise further funds required to provide support through the annual Play Australia membership fees, training and professional development programs, consultancy services, advertising and sponsorship opportunities for our members.

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